Fast Facts

  • Idolized Jerry Lewis while growing up.
  • Was in the same Houston high-school drama class as Randy Quaid.
  • Began his career on the New York stage, appearing in such shows as Sunday in the Park with George.
  • Says he took the role of Data in Star Trek: The Next Generation with the hope that the show would run just long enough to pay off his debts.
  • Favorite episode was "The Offspring," which found Data constructing an android child to call his own.
  • Released an album of pop standards, Ol' Yellow Eyes Is Back, in 1991. Next Generation cast members LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Jonathan Frakes and Patrick Stewart provided backup vocals on "It's a Sin to Tell a Lie."
  • Cowrote the feature Star Trek: Nemesis with friend (and Gladiator screenwriter) John Logan and series producer Rick Berman.


  • Jack Spiner — Father
  • Ron Spiner — Brother
  • Marty Mintzer — Stepfather
  • Sylvia Mintzer — Mother
  • Jackson — Son
  • Loree McBride — Significant Other


  • Attended University of Houston, Houston, TX

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  • Birth Name: Brent Jay Spiner
  • Birth Place: Houston, TX
  • Birthday: February 2, 1949, Aquarius
  • Profession: Actor, Singer, Writer

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